Using Climate-Smart Financial Diaries for Scaling in the Nyando Basin, Kenya

Time span of the project    2018-2021
Contact personRemco Oostendorp 
Project partners
Athena Institute (VU); MCNV; National Institute of Public Health (NIOPH), Lao PDR; National Agriculture and  Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI), Lao PDR; National Nutrition Centre (NNC), Lao PDR;  Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF), Vietnam; National Institute of Agriculture Planning and Projection (NIAPP), Vietnam; Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Institute for Community Health Research (ICHR), Vietnam 
Project sponsorACWFS;  School of Economics, University of Nairobi; Vi Agroforestry Eastern Africa; Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)  East Africa/ILRI; CCAFS / Wageningen Economic Research


Nyando Basin in western Kenya has severe problems of agricultural stagnation, environmental degradation and deepening poverty, aggravated by climate change causing more erratic rainfall patterns and shortening of growing season. CCAFS projects WUR-F2-P248 and ILRI-F1-F2-EA-P263 identified successful interventions supporting farmers to cope with these adverse effects.

One of the most promising avenues combines drought-resistant breeds of goats with horticulture and agroforestry - a food production system that is climate-resilient and climate smart in closing nutrient cycles. This project aims to contribute to developing and upscaling this business model addressing three challenges: (1) designing a conducive financial environment that enables upscaling, (2) identifying additional value chain partners to increase financial viability, (3) identifying constraints, opportunities and required policy interventions at landscape level.

An accompanying study of a more arid area closer to Nairobi (Wote village) highlights the generalizability of findings for areas where local interventions have yet to produce positive results.